Dave’s practice focuses on business and commercial disputes, including trials in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, and appeals. Dave works diligently to align the legal and business objectives of his clients, while providing them with value. He often handles litigation involving contracts, insurance coverage, construction and restrictive covenants.
David also has extensive experience in litigating matters involving real property, including land use, tax appeals and actions involving title. A substantial component of Dave’s legal work involves eminent domain cases. He represents both property owners and condemning authorities, including utility and energy companies and municipal agencies.
In addition to his traditional litigation practice, David regularly represents clients in applications and administrative proceedings before state agencies including the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), Office of Health Strategy – formerly known as the Office of Health Care Access (OHCA), the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). He also has substantial experience in appealing agency decisions to the Connecticut Superior Court.
David also has considerable experience representing and advising beverage alcohol clients in permitting, investigations and compliance under state and federal alcoholic beverage regulations.
Connecticut Bar Association
New Haven County Bar Association
Future Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2022-2023
Best Lawyers® – Commercial Litigation, 2022-2024
AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings
James W. Cooper, Fellow Connecticut Bar Foundation
Connecticut Super Lawyers® – Business Litigation, 2009-2015
Representation of public utilities companies in numerous appeals from agency decisions concerning ratemaking and statutory penalties appeals
Representation of property owners in numerous land use appeals
Representation of health care provider in adverse/competing application for proposed cardiac catheterization facility
Representation of provider in proceedings for transfer of interest in CT scan imaging facility
Trial or settlement of in excess of sixty eminent domain actions
Obtained injunction against municipality’s attempted taking of commercial property by eminent domain
Successfully tried quiet title action concerning ownership of commercial property, defeating claims of adverse possession and prescriptive easements
Successful representation of policyholder against insurer, obtaining judgment for breach of duty to defend and indemnify under commercial general liability policy
Successful representation of policyholder against insurer, obtaining appraisal arbitration award for damage to commercial property two times the value of insurer’s final settlement offer
Part of team that successfully enjoined state and local authorities from unlawfully interfering with federally authorized interstate natural gas pipeline project